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  • The website usually responsible for hosting amateur sales of project cars has its own restoration project now. eBay Motors is partnering with ex-U.S. Top Gear host Rutledge Wood to restore a 1967 Mustang Fastback. The project is more of a resto-mod and the builders are still deciding on a suitable manual transmission and engine capable of 750 horsepower for the 'Stang. The catch is that all parts used for the project must be sourced from eBay, but Wood says that the Mustang's massive aftermarket makes this a piece of cake. According to a press release, the eBay Motors Mustang will make an appearance at the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit. The team says that the Mustang is nearly halfway done, but it's high time that fans get a close look at the restoration project. eBay Motors is giving restoration enthusiast and paint shop owner K.C. Mathieu the honor of revealing more build progress information for the vehicle. We won't find out exactly what's under the hoo..

    Rutledge Wood’s 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback eBay Build to Appear at Woodward Dream Cruise

    The website usually responsible for hosting amateur sales of project cars has its own restoration project now. eBay Motors is partnering with ex-U.S. Top Gear host Rutledge Wood to restore a 1967 Mustang Fastback. The project is more of a resto-mod and the builders are still deciding on a suitable manual transmission and engine capable of 750 horsepower for the 'Stang. The catch is that all parts used for the project must be sourced from eBay, but Wood says that the Mustang's massive aftermarket makes this a piece of cake. According to a press release, the eBay Motors Mustang will make an appearance at the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit. The team says that the Mustang is nearly halfway done, but it's high time that fans get a close look at the restoration project. eBay Motors is giving restoration enthusiast and paint shop owner K.C. Mathieu the honor of revealing more build progress information for the vehicle. We won't find out exactly what's under the hoo..
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  • There have been a lot of rumors floating around about the BMW X2 and X7 sport-utility vehicles in recent years; now, we can now confirm they will be coming to North America in the near future. According to a leaked 177-page BMW document discovered by SupraMKV.com, BMW plans on releasing an X2 and X7 in the States—as well as an M2 Competition model for those sports car purists offended by the idea of Bimmer crossover.The BMW X2 will come in two different variations, according to the leaked document: a front-wheel-drive model and an all-wheel-drive model. The front-wheel-drive variant will go by the BMW X2 sDrive 28i, while the all-wheel-drive variant will go by the name BMW X2 xDrive 28i. As you can probably already deduce, both models will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, the same 228-horsepower powertrain found in the current BMW X1 (which the X2 will share much of its platform with).The BMW X7 has also been anticipated for a while, and the large luxury seven-seat..

    Leaked Documents Confirm BMW X2, X7, M2 Competition Destined for North America

    There have been a lot of rumors floating around about the BMW X2 and X7 sport-utility vehicles in recent years; now, we can now confirm they will be coming to North America in the near future. According to a leaked 177-page BMW document discovered by SupraMKV.com, BMW plans on releasing an X2 and X7 in the States—as well as an M2 Competition model for those sports car purists offended by the idea of Bimmer crossover.The BMW X2 will come in two different variations, according to the leaked document: a front-wheel-drive model and an all-wheel-drive model. The front-wheel-drive variant will go by the BMW X2 sDrive 28i, while the all-wheel-drive variant will go by the name BMW X2 xDrive 28i. As you can probably already deduce, both models will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, the same 228-horsepower powertrain found in the current BMW X1 (which the X2 will share much of its platform with).The BMW X7 has also been anticipated for a while, and the large luxury seven-seat..
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  • Faraday Future has been rolling with the punches of financial woes, most of which landed square in the startup's face. Now, the manufacturer may soon be pulling out of Formula E to save money and offset the major losses suffered over recent months, according to The Verge.This comes after Faraday announced in July that its partnership with Dragon Racing would "not be affected" by the financial issues its main backer, LeEco, was facing. According to The Verge, the company's four-year contract with the team may soon be axed to salvage its hopes of building the FF 91 production car. Keith Smout, the commercial director for Dragon Racing, said in an email to The Verge that the two were in "good standings" and will soon start discussions regarding Formula E's fourth season. However, according to Smout, this could be an interesting conversation, stating "Where there is smoke there is fire."Faraday Future denies that there will be an issue with the two, as they told The Verge..

    Faraday Future May Pull Out of Formula E to Save Cash, Report Says

    Faraday Future has been rolling with the punches of financial woes, most of which landed square in the startup's face. Now, the manufacturer may soon be pulling out of Formula E to save money and offset the major losses suffered over recent months, according to The Verge.This comes after Faraday announced in July that its partnership with Dragon Racing would "not be affected" by the financial issues its main backer, LeEco, was facing. According to The Verge, the company's four-year contract with the team may soon be axed to salvage its hopes of building the FF 91 production car. Keith Smout, the commercial director for Dragon Racing, said in an email to The Verge that the two were in "good standings" and will soon start discussions regarding Formula E's fourth season. However, according to Smout, this could be an interesting conversation, stating "Where there is smoke there is fire."Faraday Future denies that there will be an issue with the two, as they told The Verge..
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  • Electric cars in motorsports are a rare breed still. Sure, Formula E exists, and EVs have their own class at some other race events, but the longstanding reigns are still held by the king who guzzles gasoline. One retired racer and current team owner, Michael Andretti, believes that he's found just the place for EVs in modern racing: rallycross.Andretti's team has been racing in many automotive motorsports, including being partnered with Volkswagen for the Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) and Formula E, where the team is seeking tentative partnership with BMW. With a stake in both electric and gasoline-powered platforms, Andretti believes the future of some motorsports may heavily rely on electric cars more than most people think. As someone who enjoys diversifying their racing product, Andretti Autosport sees GRC as a great outlet to millennials interested in cars."Rallycross is actually the perfect place for people to go out and say, 'Wow, those electric cars really ..

    Rallycross Could Be a Home to EVs in Motorsports, Michael Andretti Says

    Electric cars in motorsports are a rare breed still. Sure, Formula E exists, and EVs have their own class at some other race events, but the longstanding reigns are still held by the king who guzzles gasoline. One retired racer and current team owner, Michael Andretti, believes that he's found just the place for EVs in modern racing: rallycross.Andretti's team has been racing in many automotive motorsports, including being partnered with Volkswagen for the Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) and Formula E, where the team is seeking tentative partnership with BMW. With a stake in both electric and gasoline-powered platforms, Andretti believes the future of some motorsports may heavily rely on electric cars more than most people think. As someone who enjoys diversifying their racing product, Andretti Autosport sees GRC as a great outlet to millennials interested in cars."Rallycross is actually the perfect place for people to go out and say, 'Wow, those electric cars really ..
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  • Scooters and small motorcycles are about to get the high-tech tires they deserve with the new Dunlop Scootsmart tire. The Scootsmart is basically a smaller version of a Dunlop performance touring tire like the popular Sportmax or Elite. It replaces the old SX01 which isn’t a bad tire, but these are way better.The Scootsmart promises better responsiveness and handling compared to competing scooter tires and Dunlop’s own previous tires. They have a tread pattern you’d expect to see on a full-size bike designed for wet traction, better grip and handling in the corners, and eating up miles.With small motorcycles getting better all the time, the needs of scooter riders are changing. Dunlop specifically mentions the Honda Grom in the press release for the new tire which is a popular bike with very small tires.The Grom has growing competition in its specific segment of small displacement bikes that aren’t quite mopeds from the likes of the Kawasaki Z125 and Yamaha MT-125. These bikes are p..

    Dunlop Brings Full-Size Motorcycle Tire Tech to Scooter Tires

    Scooters and small motorcycles are about to get the high-tech tires they deserve with the new Dunlop Scootsmart tire. The Scootsmart is basically a smaller version of a Dunlop performance touring tire like the popular Sportmax or Elite. It replaces the old SX01 which isn’t a bad tire, but these are way better.The Scootsmart promises better responsiveness and handling compared to competing scooter tires and Dunlop’s own previous tires. They have a tread pattern you’d expect to see on a full-size bike designed for wet traction, better grip and handling in the corners, and eating up miles.With small motorcycles getting better all the time, the needs of scooter riders are changing. Dunlop specifically mentions the Honda Grom in the press release for the new tire which is a popular bike with very small tires.The Grom has growing competition in its specific segment of small displacement bikes that aren’t quite mopeds from the likes of the Kawasaki Z125 and Yamaha MT-125. These bikes are p..
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  • Regardless of the uniform or patch you wear, firefighters, EMT/Paramedics, and police officers are constantly exposed to the worst day of someone’s life. Although the vast majority of “calls” do not affect us, sometimes your bad day becomes ours. Eventually, a call catches us just right and we can’t help but become emotionally involved.Emergency responders are forced to go from 0-to-100 in a matter of seconds when called upon in order to successfully render aid. Unfortunately, some of the situations we are exposed to stick in our minds long after “clearing” from a call. What makes the job unique is that we never know what we are going to get into on a day-to-day basis, it could be nothing or it could be a catastrophic event. When not treated appropriately, a call can manifest itself into night terrors, insomnia, anger, irritability, or mood swings. These reactions are totally unintentional and are just after effects of the situations that are thrown our way. With this in mind, it is ..

    Stress in Emergency Services: Different Patches, Same Battle

    Regardless of the uniform or patch you wear, firefighters, EMT/Paramedics, and police officers are constantly exposed to the worst day of someone’s life. Although the vast majority of “calls” do not affect us, sometimes your bad day becomes ours. Eventually, a call catches us just right and we can’t help but become emotionally involved.Emergency responders are forced to go from 0-to-100 in a matter of seconds when called upon in order to successfully render aid. Unfortunately, some of the situations we are exposed to stick in our minds long after “clearing” from a call. What makes the job unique is that we never know what we are going to get into on a day-to-day basis, it could be nothing or it could be a catastrophic event. When not treated appropriately, a call can manifest itself into night terrors, insomnia, anger, irritability, or mood swings. These reactions are totally unintentional and are just after effects of the situations that are thrown our way. With this in mind, it is ..
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  • The Land Rover Defender has been a stalwart in the international off-road segment since 1983. Remaining largely unchanged since its inception, the traditional body-on-frame ute has been a hit across Europe and has been kept from us in the States aside from a short period that spanned from 1993-1997. But as Land Rover recently announced, the next-generation Defender will be treated to a major revision that includes aluminum unibody construction and, luckily, availability in the United States, according to Automotive News.The reconfigured design will help the Defender in various categories, including weight and safety. It will reportedly share a platform with the new Range Rover, not only making it lighter, but cheaper to produce as well. It will also borrow Ingenium four-cylinder gas and diesel engines from fellow Jaguar Land Rover products, bringing it up to speed with the rest of the marque's modernized lineup. The new platform will reportedly be shared with the current Range Ro..

    Next-Gen Land Rover Defender Will Be Sold in U.S., Report Says

    The Land Rover Defender has been a stalwart in the international off-road segment since 1983. Remaining largely unchanged since its inception, the traditional body-on-frame ute has been a hit across Europe and has been kept from us in the States aside from a short period that spanned from 1993-1997. But as Land Rover recently announced, the next-generation Defender will be treated to a major revision that includes aluminum unibody construction and, luckily, availability in the United States, according to Automotive News.The reconfigured design will help the Defender in various categories, including weight and safety. It will reportedly share a platform with the new Range Rover, not only making it lighter, but cheaper to produce as well. It will also borrow Ingenium four-cylinder gas and diesel engines from fellow Jaguar Land Rover products, bringing it up to speed with the rest of the marque's modernized lineup. The new platform will reportedly be shared with the current Range Ro..
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  • Just under three months from the date of his horrifying accident in qualifying for the Indy 500, Sebastien Bourdais has been cleared to go racing again. Bourdais tweeted out the news late on Wednesday night after getting the green light from his doctors in Indianapolis. Bourdais had already returned to the driver's seat on July 31, 2017. He drove in a test at Mid-Ohio following the IndyCar race weekend at the track. Every step of the way, his recovery has been nothing short of extraordinary.Following the May 20, 2017, accident, Bourdais tweeted out this photo of himself in the hospital two days later. Considering that just days before he hit the wall at over 230 mph, breaking his pelvis, hip, and two ribs, standing up is a pretty big deal. Bourdais was discharged from the hospital on May 24 and was trackside at the Indy 500 on May 28. Since then, he has been through intensive physical therapy in both Indianapolis and his hometown of St. Petersburg, FL. Bourdais has been attendi..

    Sebastian Bourdais Cleared By Doctors to Race in IndyCar Again

    Just under three months from the date of his horrifying accident in qualifying for the Indy 500, Sebastien Bourdais has been cleared to go racing again. Bourdais tweeted out the news late on Wednesday night after getting the green light from his doctors in Indianapolis. Bourdais had already returned to the driver's seat on July 31, 2017. He drove in a test at Mid-Ohio following the IndyCar race weekend at the track. Every step of the way, his recovery has been nothing short of extraordinary.Following the May 20, 2017, accident, Bourdais tweeted out this photo of himself in the hospital two days later. Considering that just days before he hit the wall at over 230 mph, breaking his pelvis, hip, and two ribs, standing up is a pretty big deal. Bourdais was discharged from the hospital on May 24 and was trackside at the Indy 500 on May 28. Since then, he has been through intensive physical therapy in both Indianapolis and his hometown of St. Petersburg, FL. Bourdais has been attendi..
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  • You can already get on a brand new Triumph for under $10,000, but more affordable entry-level bikes are coming, according to Motorcycle News. Triumph has teamed up with Indian bike maker Bajaj which specializes in scooters and small bikes to make this happen.“Triumph is an iconic motorcycle brand and we’ve enjoyed fantastic international growth over recent years," Triumph CCO Paul Stroud said to Motorcycle News. "What the partnership provides is the opportunity to create a lower entry point into the brand and gives us the opportunity to enter a new market segment. To be honest, we want to take the Triumph brand to a whole new range of customers and today that’s just not the case.” This partnership wasn’t just made to diversify the Triumph lineup in the West. India is seeing rapid growth in the middleweight, sub-800cc market and Triumph wants in on the action. Triumph India will work as a liaison between their UK headquarters and Bajaj. Bajaj will eventually take over leadership in In..

    New Entry-Level Triumph Motorcycles Are Coming

    You can already get on a brand new Triumph for under $10,000, but more affordable entry-level bikes are coming, according to Motorcycle News. Triumph has teamed up with Indian bike maker Bajaj which specializes in scooters and small bikes to make this happen.“Triumph is an iconic motorcycle brand and we’ve enjoyed fantastic international growth over recent years," Triumph CCO Paul Stroud said to Motorcycle News. "What the partnership provides is the opportunity to create a lower entry point into the brand and gives us the opportunity to enter a new market segment. To be honest, we want to take the Triumph brand to a whole new range of customers and today that’s just not the case.” This partnership wasn’t just made to diversify the Triumph lineup in the West. India is seeing rapid growth in the middleweight, sub-800cc market and Triumph wants in on the action. Triumph India will work as a liaison between their UK headquarters and Bajaj. Bajaj will eventually take over leadership in In..
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  • A new lawsuit accuses the U.S. government of being too slow to implement rules requiring that rear seat vehicle passengers be warned when they fail to buckle their seat belts. In a complaint filed on Wednesday, two nonprofits said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has done nothing to implement legislation signed in July 2012 by former President Barack Obama that required the warnings. The Center for Auto Safety, and Kids and Cars Inc., said nearly 1,000 people are killed annually in the rear seats of U.S. passenger vehicles because they do not buckle up, and proper belt usage would lower the risk of death by 44 percent. "No one disagrees that seat belts save lives," Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, said in a phone interview. "We don't think the lives of people in the back seat are worth less than those in the front." The lawsuit seeks to require NHTSA, part of the Department of Transportation, to start the rulemaking proc..

    U.S. too slow to require rear seat belt warnings, lawsuit says

    A new lawsuit accuses the U.S. government of being too slow to implement rules requiring that rear seat vehicle passengers be warned when they fail to buckle their seat belts. In a complaint filed on Wednesday, two nonprofits said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has done nothing to implement legislation signed in July 2012 by former President Barack Obama that required the warnings. The Center for Auto Safety, and Kids and Cars Inc., said nearly 1,000 people are killed annually in the rear seats of U.S. passenger vehicles because they do not buckle up, and proper belt usage would lower the risk of death by 44 percent. "No one disagrees that seat belts save lives," Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, said in a phone interview. "We don't think the lives of people in the back seat are worth less than those in the front." The lawsuit seeks to require NHTSA, part of the Department of Transportation, to start the rulemaking proc..
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